Pam Prize 2011 Awardee nominated Italian Foreign Affairs Minister

On the occasion of the high profile conference on energy issues being held today in Naples, Italy, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, expressed its congratulations to Hon. Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, on his appointment to Foreign Affairs Minister in the new Italian Government.

Sen. Francesco Maria Amoruso, PAM Vice President, and Dr. Sergio Piazzi, PAM Secretary General, took the opportunity to recall that just a few weeks ago, during the VI Plenary Session of PAM held in Palermo, Italy, Hon. Terzi di Sant’Agata, in his capacity as Ambassador of Italy, was awarded the PAM Prize 2011 – together with prof. Michele Capasso,  president of Fondazione Mediterraneo - in appreciation of his personal support to the PAM High level delegation during the visit to the US Senate, Congress and Administration in September of this year. He had also been instrumental in facilitating the visit of another PAM mission in New York last year.

“We are convinced that Minister Terzi di Sant’Agata will dedicate the necessary attention to the most urgent issues concerning the Mediterranean and its current political, economic, social and cultural developments, in order to provide those strategic actions aimed at guaranteeing greater stability and a sustainable path of general growth in the region.” Sen. Amoruso said.

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Round Table: “The Maritime Economy: Lazio and Campania Regions leading the Mediterranean”

Following the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, “Regio Prima Latium et Campania”, for the development of the Maritime Economy, which took place in Naples at the Navigare Boat Show on 28th October this year, the Caserta, Latina, Naples, Rome and Salerno Chambers of Commerce met in Rome to present the contents of their agreement, and to share their thoughts on the next operative steps to be taken to move forward together. Accordingly, a Round Table was organized at the Hall of the Council of the Rome Chamber of Commerce on 16th November, entitled: “the Maritime Economy: Lazio and Campania Regions leading the Mediterranean. Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, participating at this event, reminded the participants that this initiative had been suggested by the Fondazione and President of the Latina Chamber of Commerce (CCIIA), Mr Zottola, four years earlier. Other supporters included the Viterbo Chamber of Commerce, which officialised its formal adhesion to the agreement. The Councillor for Employment and Training for the Lazio Region, Ms. Mariella Zezza, inaugurated the day’s work, stating: “We are committed to sustaining vocational training in maritime industries that will lead to specialised professional profiles and generate new employment. On Saturday morning I will be in Gaeta to inaugurate the first courses of its kind to be held at an Italian Technical College, the G. Caboto Nautical Institute. The courses will train new shipboard officers, deck officers and port directors”. The Councillor concluded that, “from today we will consolidate our collaboration into an inter-regional agreement to create an surge of employment.” Vincenzo Zottola, Latina Chamber of Commerce, declared that “the Round Table was an opportunity to launch a joint collaboration programme to give immediate effect to the memorandum of understanding. Two working groups will be formed, a political/strategic one formed by presidents of the Chambers of Commerce, and the other technical/scientific composed of national level experts coordinated by their respective secretaries general. Mr. Zottola concluded that “we need to remember that together the two regions represent one fifth of the services produced by the entire Country. With 830 kilometres of coast representing 11% of the Italian coastline and one of the most interesting insular systems of the world, and certainly in the Mediterranean, in relation to which both regions can boast impressive statistics. Among them, mention need only be made the 16.5% of shipbuilders’ yards, 6.5% of fishing, 18.7% of maritime transport and approximately 14 million passengers, 10% of commercial ports capable of moving 44 million tonnes of goods and 2.2 million passengers from the cruise liners market”.

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The project of the Fondazione to unite the Regions of Lazio and Campania takes shape

The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Michele Capasso, spoke at the Rome Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of the presentation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Chambers of Commerce of Latina, Rome, Caserta, Naples and Salerno attended by their Presidents Zottola, Cremonesi, De Simone, Maddaloni, Arzano and Palombelli, respectively.
President  Zottola, proponent of the memorandum, highlighted how the “joint  project, inspired by the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Latina Chamber of Commerce, to unite the Lazio and Campania regions through an important project for the maritime economy, had been implemented”.

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Meeting of the Regional Coordinators of the Italian Network

The Meeting of the Regional Coordinators of the Italian Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation took place in Rome.
Its aim was to relaunch the Italian Network as a result of the conclusions of the guidelines issued by the 10th Meeting of the Heads of National Networks, which took place in Krakow from 20-23rd October 2011.
The participants unanimously adopted a new system of Governance for the Italian Network, introducing a Steering Committee that comprises seven members with decision-making powers, to work alongside the National Head.
It was also decided to transform the Regional Committees into “Regional Antennas”


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MeYouMe 2011 – Mediterranean Youth Meeting

The 2011 edition of MeYouMe took place in Cosenza bringing together 200 youths from 18 different Countries. On this occasion, the MANY Network was launched – “Mediterranean Autonomous Network for Youth”.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo has supported this initiative through its programme of activities at the Mediterranean  youth centre.
It was a good example of synergy between the Italian Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation and its “Youth Network Minister of Labour”, who contributed to the success of the initiative.
President Capasso participated in the work reiterating the values and activities carried out by the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Italian Network (Rete Italiana). The Ministry of Labour promoted this initiative through an advertising campaign on major TV channels.

MeYouMe is all about meeting – an adventure on a return voyage – between  an I and a YOU, between ME and YOU! 
It is where the green of the earth meets the blue of the sea.
The sea is the Mediterranean: a crossroads for people, travel, economic exchange and cultural interaction. The earth is made of peoples, faces and the stories narrating the history of this sea, a sea they traverse and inhabit.

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Mediterranean Parliaments award a prize to the Fondazione Mediterraneo

At the Plenary Session of the  Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), convening  at the seat of the Regional Assembly of Sicily in the historical Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo, the outgoing PAM President, Abdelwahed Radi, awarded the PAM Prize to the Fondazione Mediterraneo. President Radi was recently elected as the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the international organization  that unites parliaments from all over the world.

The inscription reads, “On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, for its commitment to promoting intercultural dialogue throughout the Mediterranean and for its support towards the establishment and activities of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean”.

President Radi made the following remarks: “This [prize] is made in recognition of Michele Capasso’s having dedicated his life to building prosperity and democracy in the Mediterranean basis. He is a true soldier working relentlessly to achieve the goal of bringing peoples, civilizations and cultures closer together. This prize is only a small token compared to the enormous contribution made by Michele and he deserves much greater recognition for the quality and quantity of his action. It is therefore our wish that such recognition will soon be forthcoming”.

Congratulations were also received from delegations of various countries, including  from Michel Vauzelle, President of the PACA Region and the Jordanian President of PAM, Fayez Tarawneh.

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President Vauzelle celebrates 20 years of Fondazione Mediterraneo

President of Region PACA – Provence, Alpes Marittimes et Cote d’Azur – Michel Vauzelle expressed his appreciation for the twenty years anniversary of Fondazione Mediterraneo.

“I’ve been knowing Michele Capasso for 20 years and together have been shared the same efforts for dialogue and peace in Mediterranean. First as Foreign Affairs Ministry and later as parliamentar, and as last, as President of a region deeply Mediterranean, I hope that the amazing work done by Michele Capasso and by Fondazione Mediterraneo can found the owed award.  In this crucial moment for the Mediterranean, person as Michele Capasso, are worthy for the establishment of peace and shared development.”

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Morocco celebrates 20 years of Fondazione Mediterraneo

The Morocco Parliament president Abdelwahed Radi, Ambassador in Italy Hassan Abouyoub and the Moroccan parliamentars whom joined to the Mediterranean Parliamentar Assembly payed homage to Fondazione Mediterraneo and its president Michele Capasso in occasion of the twenty years anniversary from the institution’s establishment.

The APM General Secretary Sergio Piazzi declared:

“ Fondazione is a useful tool of dialogue between cultures and Mediterranean Parliamentar Assembly is proud to have as first observer  Fondazione which started to play an important role in the region.”.


From left:
The Secretary General of the APM Sergio Piazzi, the President of the Moroccan Parliament and the Interparliamentary Union Abdelwahed Radi, President Michele Capasso and the Ambassador of Morocco in Italy Hassan Abouyoub

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6th Plenary Meeting of Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly

It took place in Palermo the 6th Plenary Meeting of Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly headed by Abdelwahed Radi.
Parliamentars of several Mediterranean Countries decided to celebrate the  21 March as Mediterranean Day”, giving particular attention to migrants who are losing their life in the sea. In several countries, on March 21th events will took place.
The president of Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso – observer member -joined plenary meeting highlighting the historical importance of this period, characterized by “Arab Spring” and responsibilities of parliamentary “democratically” elected.
In this occasion President Capasso proposed to gather, in a special meeting ad “hoc”, the Assembly in occasion of year 2013, when the city of Naples will host the “Universal Forum of Cultures”.
APM thanked  to the Fondazione Mediterraneo’s whom hosted the assembly on june 2005.

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President Capasso meets the new PAM President

Fayez Al-Tarawneh, the former Prime Minister  of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is the new President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, after being unanimously elected on 29th October 2011.

During the meeting, President Capasso emphasized the key role played by the Assembly in the Mediterranean and spoke of its traditional links with Jordan.

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